Earth Day comes around every year on April 22, and there are several opportunities available this weekend to take care of the planet. Below are a few ways to celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up neighborhoods or learning more about the environment.
Alice’s Garden, 2136 N. 21st St.
Come to the Earth Day at Alice’s Garden potluck and gardening session. On Sunday, April 22, from 12 to 4 p.m. the public is welcome to help in the garden by weeding and planting. There will also be free activities for families. Everyone is welcome at the potluck, but attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share.
Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive
Discovery World is offering free admission for families on Sunday, April 22, courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. On Earth Day, Discovery World is presenting Trash Full Circle to teach children and their families about pollution and sustainability solutions in Lake Michigan.
Fondy Farmers Market, 2200 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Fondy Farmers Market staff and Lindsay Heights residents are hosting an Earth Day Cleanup on Friday, April 20, from 1 to 3 p.m., cleaning up Fondy Park and the surrounding area. The event is open to everyone, even if you don’t live in Lindsay Heights. Trash bags, trash grabbers and other supplies will be provided..
Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Road
The Milwaukee County Zoo is celebrating World Penguin Day on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A zookeeper will be giving lectures about penguins in their natural habitats and how the animals adapt to different environments. There will also be a chance to purchase paintings made by the penguins that benefit penguin conservation.
Neighborhood House, 2819 W. Richardson Place
Neighborhood House is hosting an Earth Day Cleanup in the Concordia neighborhood. All are welcome to attend the cleanup from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meet at Neighborhood House before going out. To register for the event, call 414-933-6161.
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Urban Ecology Center
Urban Ecology Center is hosting “Earth Day of Service” at all three of its branches on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All are welcome to show up with friends and family to participate in service projects in the parks, followed by a community lunch. Family hikes are also available on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. The UEC branches are Riverside Park (1500 E. Park Place), Menomonee Valley (3700 W. Pierce St.) and Washington Park (1859 N. 40th St.).